Review: The Ruinous Sweep (Tim Wynne-Jones)

43679845.jpgGenre: Adult Mystery
Candlewick Press
Publication Date: September 10th 2019
Format: Paperback
Source: Pansing Books
Page Count: 400

Blurb from Goodreads:

A rainy night. An empty highway. And no memory. From award-winning author Tim Wynne-Jones comes a riveting murder mystery that will keep readers enthralled until the last page.

On the night Donovan Turner is thrown out of a car on a highway in the middle of nowhere, he can barely remember his own name, let alone the past twenty-four hours. Where is he? Where is his girlfriend, Bee? In an attempt to flag down the next passing car, he startles the driver, causing a fatal accident. With sirens in the distance and the lingering feeling that he’s running from something — or someone — Donovan grabs the dead driver’s briefcase and flees. Meanwhile, Bee is fighting for Dono’s life every bit as much as he is. But when the police show up and hint that he is the prime suspect in a murder, Bee is determined to put together the pieces of what happened and clear his name. With echoes of Dante’s Divine Comedy, this harrowing journey through hell and back is a page-turning tale of guilt, retribution, love, and redemption.




To be honest, I went through this book with such low expectations and sadly, this book didn’t even exceed the threshold of my expectation level.

Everything in this book was confusing. I really wanted to like it. I gave so many chances because I didn’t want to miss the chance to read a book written by Tim Wynne-Jones. I was near to ditching this book because I didn’t to make myself suffer. The first few pages were enough to make me hooked with the story but after reading 100 pages, I felt like the plot and writing to be so complex and messy that I failed to even get a grasp of what this book was all about. If you were to ask me to explain the general plot of this story, I surely wouldn’t be able to. There were so many characters mentioned that I lost interest to care for them.

The only part that I enjoyed reading was Bee’s adventure in identifying the mystery behind her boyfriend’s death. However, I found the ending to be very perplexing. To make myself clear with the ending, I read reviews on the internet. It turned out that this book contained supernatural elements which was not surprising since the ending was rather peculiar. This was something that I would not have expected before picking up the book.

Based on people’s review, this book seemed like a hit or miss story. Some will love this but some will hate this. Sadly, it wasn’t a story for me.

Thank you Pansing Books for sending me a copy of The Ruinous Sweep.



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